I drive a truck. Audible helps the miles go by. I normally look for LONG books. 30 Hrs+. Latest is the North and South Trilogy. (Still waiting for Heaven and Hell)
So happy to find this on audible after reading the series back in the 70's!
The narrator captures the essence of the story and makes the characters come alive! Truly a great listening, and adventurous experience. I can't wait for all 25 in the series to become available here.
I read this back in the early 90s, & I had fond memories. However, I've since read the Barsoom books (John Carter of Mars for those of you who don't know), & I realize that Norman stole liberally from Burroughs.
1. An intelligent, athletic man finds himself upon another world in our solar system where wars are fought with swords in the skies despite advanced technology.
2. He meets & falls for the most beautiful woman in the world who happens to be the princess of a mighty city-state.
3. Medical technology allows people to live much longer than on Earth.
4. Mysterious gods pull the strings in the background. (Barsoom calls them Therns, & Gor calls them Priest Kings.)
I could go on, but...
A major difference is that the characters in this book spend a lot more time boasting of their exploits than in Burroughs' book. The major role of slavery on Gor is the defining trait in later books. I remember that they almost read like sci-fi version of "Fifty Shades of Gray."
The performance wasn't 1/2 bad. You're only as good as your material. I wouldn't mind hearing him read something better. I might be great.
Go back & read the original Burroughs.
I recommend you read the old Barsoom books instead. Burroughs style may be old & a bit cliche at times by today's standards, but they hold up better than these books that were written after Burroughs' death.
I've heard that Norman is still writing Gor books, & that the series has over 20 books. If memory serves, they get steadily worse more repetitive the further that you read.
This is not a series for anyone who is easily embarased. You don't see it in this book, but it will come later. Women are treated worse on Gor than in just about any sci-fi/fantasy book that I've ever read, & I've been a fan of the genre since I was a kid in the early 80s. I'm embarased that I ever read these books. I won't be going any further.
Only if could listen to the whole of the book, and not just a few paragraphs.
no problem with Normal. I would read another of his books.
If would narrate the whole book, yes.
not pleasing with this, and had to pay for it, big blah.
I don't give spoilers
The Gorean series is basically Conan the barbarian meets a smut novel on another world. There's lots of violent battles and vicious giant man eaters with a dash BDSM. The series gets a little repetitive as the books go on but not to badly for a 20 plus book series. If you liked the John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' series most likely you'll enjoy these books there very similar. I prefer the Gorean series myself, except the ones narrated by women which I haven't bought so don't know if there good or not I personal dislike women narrates.
i unfortunately brought all six gorean books at once the back story is fine but his main story line seems to be how to abuse the fairer sex
actually by book 5 i was surprised the narrator hasn't thrown up his hands and left in discus
every women he came across
would have excepted it more if he had no morals at all, or if the so called free women of gor just didn't exists. kept thinking maybe every women may fantasise about being swept of their feet by a handsome night and ravished but you can bet your life saving if he try it a second night she would have cut his throat stolen his gold and left
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Ralph's voice is not the most pleasant voice to listen to but was easy to understand and his voice does grow on you some. Great Audio Book, will be getting Outlaws and the rest of the Gor Books.
yes the audio version is better becasue it makes feel i more real
it was cool
Started reading the series at the urging of a friend - now I have sent her an invitation to join Audible so she can enjoy the books in spoken form. The narrator is awesome
If the author had taken time to develop character's in a plausible way, given some attention to logical flow of one event from another and at least pretended like the characters in his story were actually people who behave in the way that people behave, I might have liked this story.
the narration was good.
It was short...
And it was imaginative.
This story rushed from action point to action point without bothering to connect the events with any kind of plausible narrative fiber.
Example: In a mere handful of pages the protagonist, being abducted and transported to a completely foreign and strange world, goes from being professor of British history to an Achilles like god of warfare, expert in the manors and customs of Gor. I found myself constantly asking myself, "How did he know that?"
The characters' psychologies are absurd--each one rushing into emotional disposition that make no sense and seem, at times, completely contrary to natural human emotional responses. Character's are constantly fluctuating from homicidal intent towards one another to deep and passionate, some times erotic, love for one another.
And to top it all off, as many reviewers have noted, the story seems to promote a brand of chauvinism that I found particularly distasteful.
20 some odd books in this series and I could barely make it through 1.
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I am sure this is quite exciting to listen to if you read it as a child when it came out in 1967. But other than its possible historical and nostalgic value, I really can???t recommend this book. Cardboard character in dumbed down Nietzsche-esque world read by an inept narrator.
Buying and reading this is the equivalent of driving a steam-powered car to work. Sure, it might be fun because you remember your great grandfathers old automobile, but really it is no Mercedes.